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Story time in Clarence

THE newest addition to the Clarence cultural calendar is set to launch this month, with the inaugural ‘Story Festival – an Intercultural Exchange’ to be held at various venues across the municipality.

Featuring a wide range of Tasmanian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, the festival gives people the opportunity to learn, listen and get to know another culture on a deeper level.

The festival will run from Monday 16 May through to Sunday 22 May and will include a huge array of fascinating workshops and activities, where the emphasis is on the story and the cultural context of the facilitator.

Clarence City Council Deputy Mayor Heather Chong said the Story Festival will create opportunities for community members from all cultural backgrounds to share their skills and stories with others.

“This is the first time that Clarence City Council is offering this wonderfully rich cultural festival and I hope that people get involved and engage with the huge range of sessions on offer,” she said.

“From East African weaving to First Nations Cultural Competency Training, Chinese Ink Painting, craft, dance classes and cooking classes, there is guaranteed to be something fantastic to learn for everyone.”

The program has been designed to be accessible to all, with low participation fees ($0-$10) and sessions scheduled at a variety of times throughout the week.

It all culminates in a huge ‘Family Fun Day’ at Rosny Farm on Saturday 21 May.

This one-day signature event will feature market stalls, pop-up food vendors, live music and a bar, and will end with a special storytelling event in the Rosny Barn.

A fascinating insight into five participants’ lives and journeys, ‘Nitty Gritty: True Stories told by Real Humans’ will see selected members of the local community spend the day working with comedian, novelist and entertainer Rachel Berger before taking to the stage to share their life stories.

More information about the Story Festival, and ticket bookings, are available from the Clarence Arts and Events website, www.clarenceartsandevents.net